WWETAC: Who We Are

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Nancy Grulke

E-mail: ngrulke [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416-6583

Nancy Grulke is the Director of WWETAC, located in Prineville, OR. Nancy has been a research scientist for the Forest Service since 1988 at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, and joined WWETAC and the Pacific Northwest Research Station in August, 2010. Her research focuses on the interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on tree carbon and water balance, and defining and remotely detecting the physiological threshold at which yellow pine becomes susceptible to bark beetle attack. From 1991 to 1997, she was a science coordinator for the Pacific Northwest & Pacific Southwest Research Stations’ Climate Change Program in Corvallis, OR, and has held academic appointments at University of Colorado (INSTAAR), Montana State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and Oregon State University. She received her undergraduate degree in ecology at Duke University and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington.

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Nicole Vaillant

E-mail: nvaillant [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416-6600

Nicole Vaillant is a fire ecologist with WWETAC. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. She started working for the Forest Service in 2000 as a seasonal wildland firefighter, including a season with the Redding Hotshots. Prior to coming WWETAC Nicole was a fire ecologist with Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team. Her general research interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, burn severity patterns, fuel treatment effects and effectiveness, and wildfire risk analyses. She is involved in both plot-level empirical assessments and geospatial analyses using pre-existing data for large landscapes.

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John Kim

E-mail: jbkim [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-750-7287

John Kim is an ecological modeller with Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and with the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He studies climate change impacts on vegetation using dynamic global vegetation models. He has a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California San Diego.

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Lisa Balduman

E-mail: lbalduman [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-750-7395

Lisa Balduman works as a technical information specialist for WWETAC. She received her M.S. degree from Oregon State University's Forest Science Department after completing a project studying the genetics of cold hardiness in coastal Douglas fir. She has worked for the Forest Service in various capacities since 1990. Lisa is a content developer for TACCIMO (Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options). She also maintains the WWETAC web site and the project and reference databases.


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Charlie Schrader-Patton

E-mail:cschrader [at] fs.fed.us
Phone: (541) 312-4291

Charlie Schrader-Patton is a Geospatial Analyst and Application Developer with RedCastle Resources, Inc., and is working under contract for WWETAC through the Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center.. His work for WWETAC involves using cutting-edge geospatial technology to develop web mapping applications that tell the spatial story behind wildland threats. In addition, he provides consultation and support to WWETAC scientists regarding Remote Sensing and GIS projects. Charlie has held several positions with the Forest Service, including Wildlife Biologist and Timber Pre-Sale Technician. He received a B.A. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and an M.S. in Forest Resource Conservation from the University of Montana.